No. 10 UNH women's ice hockey rolls past Northeastern, 9-2

DURHAM, N.H. - Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) recorded her 100th career point in a five-assist effort that guided the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 9-2 Hockey East victory against Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which netted a season-high nine goals, is now 14-8-3 overall and 9-1-1 in Hockey East. Northeastern, which has lost all three games vs. the Wildcats this season and six straight in the series, had its seven-game unbeaten streak (3-0-4) come to an end and is 10-6-7, 4-4-3.

Thomas, who entered the game with 97 career points, became the 31st Wildcat - including just the fourth defenseman - to reach the 100-point plateau by recording an assist on each of UNH's first three goals. Both her five assists and five points are personal bests.

Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ont.) and Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N.H.) also broke personal marks. Paul finished with a career-high four points with two goals and two assists while Wright-Ward had career highs in both assists (three) and points (four).

The Wildcats led 1-0 through one period of play on Paul's power-play tally at 14:27. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) scored the first of her two goals on the power play at 1:25 of the second period -- both of UNH's power-play tallies were scored less than 20 seconds after the penalty.

Wright-Ward and Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) scored 3:01 apart to extend the Wildcats' advantage to 4-0, then Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.) struck with 49 seconds remaining in the middle stanza for a 5-0 differential through 40 minutes.

Northeastern, which was held to just two second-period shots and eight through two periods, trimmed the deficit to 5-1 on Amy Goodney's goal 17 seconds into the final frame. The visitor's euphoria was short-lived, however, as Caleo potted her second goal of the night 69 seconds later to reestablish a five-goal lead. Lori DeGiacomo scored off her own rebound at 3:17 but Gordon and Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.; goal, assist) scored at 6:55 and 7:45, respectively, to give the home team an 8-2 advantage. Paul capped the scoring with 7:04 to play.

Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) also had a multiple-point night as both skaters recorded two assists.

UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 17 saves. NU starting goalie Chanda Gunn, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in save percentage and No. 2 in goals-against-average, exited the game after two periods with 19 saves and five goals allowed. Katy Augustyn stopped seven of 11 third-period shots.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 13 (4 p.m.) at Maine. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 20 vs. UConn. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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